20 October 2019

Muslim women raped in China's concentration camps

Muslim women who have fled China's 'reeducation camps' have revealed a world of rapes, abortions and forced sterilisations as they find refuge abroad. Gulzira Mogdyn (pictured), 38, said officials cut her open and ripped out her fetus without anaesthetic. -

Muslim women who have fled China's 'concentration camps' have revealed a world of rapes, abortions and sterilisations as they find refuge abroad.

It comes as shocking footage emerged allegedly showing hundreds of shackled and blindfolded Muslim prisoners being transferred in Xinjiang, western China, reports British newspaper Daily Mail.

UN experts and activists say at least one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in the detention centres in Xinjiang.

China describes them as 'training centres' helping to stamp out extremism and give people new skills. But the escaped women and local rights groups say attempts to curb the Muslim population - using methods such as rubbing chilli paste on women's privates - are common.

Student Ruqiye Perhat, who was arrested in Xinjiang in 2009 and spent four years in prison before fleeing to Turkey, told the Washington Post: 'Any woman or man under age 35 was raped and sexually abused.'

And others who have fled the camp more recently claimed the rapes had become more systematic than in normal prisons.

The camps' guards would 'put bags on the heads of the ones they wanted' before dragging the women outside and raping them through the night.

In one case, a human rights activists claimed there had been seven instances of women forced into having intrauterine devices implanted.

And it was claimed women who were pregnant when they were arrested were made to have brutal abortions.

Gulzira Mogdyn, 38, who fled to Almaty, Kazakhstan, told of the gruesome way officials cut her open and ripped out her fetus without anaesthetic.

Others have previously said the Chinese guards would also medically experiment on them ahead of planned organ harvesting.

China has been forced to defend its authorities' actions as 'normal tasks' following the emergence of shocking footage purported to show hundreds of shackled and blindfolded Muslim prisoners being transferred.

The drone video shows the detainees being led from trains with their heads shaven, eyes covered and hands bound.

The video, uploaded to social media and unverified, appeared as the United States is increasing its pressure on Beijing over what it says is the systematic oppression of Muslims.

The alleged prisoners are also seen in the clip sitting in rows outside what appears to be a train station watched by dozens of SWAT officers.

Many of them, thought to be ethnic minority Uighurs, are seen wearing purple vests with the words 'Kashgar Detention Center' written on their backs.
US officials believed the footage to be authentic.

Former detainees have revealed that Muslims were forced to eat pork and speak Mandarin in those internment camps.

China has also kept thousands of Uighur children away from their Muslim parents before indoctrinating them in camps posing as schools and orphanages, recent evidence shows.

Muslims make up about two per cent of the 1.4 billion population in China. However, as the country is so populous, its Muslim population is expected to be the 19th largest in the world in 2030.

The Muslim population in China is projected to increase from 23.3 million in 2010 to nearly 30 million in 2030.

The clip, filmed by a Chinese-made DJI drone, was posted to YouTube last month by a user known as 'Fear on War'.

Words in the video suggest the scene was captured in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, an autonomous prefecture for Mongols in southern Xinjiang.

Nathan Ruser, a researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said the footage was likely to have been taken at the Korla West Train Station in Korla after analysing the footage, according to Mr Ruser's tweets.

Korla is a city of 550,000 people in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture.

Authorities of Xinjiang said: 'Transporting inmates by judicial authorities (is related) to normal judicial activities.'

In a statement to CNN, the authorities said: 'Cracking down on crimes in accordance with law is the common practice of all countries.'

They added: 'Xinjiang's crackdown on crimes has never been linked to ethnicities or religions.'

A Western intelligence official believed the footage to be authentic. The official was able to verify the movement of some 500 prisoners earlier this year from Kashgar to Korla, according to CNN.

A European security source also claimed that the footage was genuine and showed up to 600 Uighur Muslim prisoners being moved earlier this year.

The source told Sky News last month: 'This is typical of the way the Chinese move this type of prisoner.'

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the footage demonstrates the 'gross human rights violations' against Uighurs from Beijing.

It called for an independent investigation into China's treatment of its Muslim residents.

A spokesperson from the group told MailOnline: 'While HRW hasn't yet corroborated this footage, it raises the specter of many of the same kinds of gross human rights violations against Uyghurs we have documented - especially mass arbitrary detention and lack of access to family or counsel.

'It underscores the urgent need for an independent investigation; Chinese authorities lost all credibility on this issue months ago by denying these abuses even exist.'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week blasted China over its treatment of Uighur Muslims.

Pompeo reserved his toughest criticism for China in a keynote speech at a Vatican conference on religious freedom.

'When the state rules absolutely, it demands its citizens worship government, not God. That's why China has put more than one million Uighur Muslims ... in internment camps and is why it throws Christian pastors in jail,' he said.

'When the state rules absolutely, God becomes an absolute threat to authority,' he said.

Pompeo had previously called Beijing's treatment of the country's ethnic Uighur minority among 'the worst stains on the world'.

Beijing slammed Pompeo's remarks as 'lies'.

'The lies of American politicians can't trick people around the world and will only further expose the purpose of their hidden political motives,' said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

'We express our strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to these US officials who disregard the facts... and seriously interfere in China's internal affairs,' she told reporters at a press briefing in Beijing.

China has come under international scrutiny over its policies in the north-western region of Xinjiang, where as many as one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are being held in re-education camps, according to the 2018 findings of an independent UN panel.

After initially denying their existence, Beijing now defends the camps, which it calls 'vocational education centres', as a necessary measure to counter religious extremism and terrorism.

But former inmates and rights groups say individuals are subjected to political indoctrination and abuse.

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